RIPON, Wis. – The Northern Michigan University women’s outdoor track and field team opened up its spring portion of the schedule Saturday at the Sherman-Lukoski Invite which was held at Ripon College. NMU won the five-team event with 266 points while St. Norbert was second (162). Over the course of the day the Wildcats claimed 16 of the 20 events which were competed. According to Tom Barnes, the head track and field coach at NMU, he was pleased with the effort for the first outdoor meet of the season.
The NMU 4x100-meter relay team of Alyssa Erspamer, Brittnee Balbierz, Catherine Angeli and Becky Rotter won the event with a clocking of 49.96. Kristen Schulz won the 3,000 steeplechase going away with a time of 11:49.02. Bailey Franklin took the 100 hurdles as she broke the tape with a time of 16.19 with teammate Stephanie Hahn fourth (18.70).
The 100 dash saw the ‘Cats take the top three places. Leading the way was Angeli (12.89), second was Balbierz (13.11) and third Erspamer (13.34). Erin VanEnkevort captured the 800 with a time of 2:25.41 and a little more than three seconds back was teammate Maegan Hendershot (2:28.70).
Brooke Granquist (1:12.53) and Colby West (1:14.44) went one-two in the 400 hurdles. The 200 dash saw the same three ‘Cats go one-two-three as in the 100. Angeli won the event (25.95), second was Balbierz (26.77) and third Erspamer (27.48). Rita Woitas (19:39.90) and Brittany Loomis (21:03.82) were fourth and fifth respectively in the 5,000.
The 4x400 relay event NMU had the top two placing teams in the field. The “A” relay of Angeli, VanEnkevort, Hendershot and Rotter won the event with a time of 4:16.13. Erspamer, Granquist, Balbierz and West were members of the “B” team (4:26.27).
Franklin also picked up a wins in the triple jump with a leap of 36-03.00 and high jump (5-04.25). NMU had three of the top four throwers in the discus as Krista Squiers won the event with a measurement of 127-02, third Angela Leckson (112-00) and fourth Mariah Beaman (111-05). Leckson came back to win the javelin with a throw of 117-04 while teammate Squiers was second (113-03). The shot put saw the ‘Cats take that event as Leckson had a winning effort of 40-00.50.
Squiers in the hammer throw had a 171-06 to win the event. The throw was good enough for a new NMU record; it currently ranks her third in the country in NCAA Division II and is a provisional cut. Also picking up wins in the field events were Granquist in the long jump (16-02.25) and Karin Diebold in the pole vault (10-00.00).
NMU is back in action again April 10 at the Bulldog Invitational which will be held at Ferris State University.
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